Manning defense focuses on mental health

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Lawyers opening their sentencing case for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are focusing on his mental health and failures within his chain of command.
   
The defense opened its case Monday in the court-martial at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.
   
The former intelligence analyst faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing reams of classified information through the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
   
Manning's brigade commander in Iraq, Col. David Miller, testified that the brigade deployed in late 2009 with a shortage of intelligence analysts.
   
He says he didn't learn until after Manning's arrest in May 2010 that the soldier had had a number of emotional outbursts that included overturning a table during a counseling session.

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's defense team is opening its case at the soldier's sentencing hearing.
   
Defense attorney David Coombs says he expects to call the first of more than a dozen witnesses Monday in the court-martial at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. He says Manning will give a statement before the defense rests on Wednesday.
   
The 25-year-old, Crescent, Okla., native faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing reams of classified information through the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. He claims he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing and provoke discussion about U.S. military and diplomatic affairs.
   
Prosecutors have said the leaks hurt U.S. foreign relations and uprooted Afghan citizens who were put at risk by revelations they had helped the United States.

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